Kagero Mini TopColors #39 Captured Panzers in Allied Service

The mini Topcolos series of books are smaller books with decal sheets. You get large images of 16 vehicles and a decal sheet for all of them in each of 1/72, 1/48 and 1/35 scales. Looking at the price of this book you might want to think of it as a decal sheet with an instruction booklet rather than the usual sheet of paper. Considering you also get the decals in 3 scales it’s incredibly good value too.

The book has…

  • 16 pages
  • format (sizes): (205×275 mm)
  • decal sheet
  • booklet binding
  • Authors: Marek Jaszczołt, Arkadiusz Wróbel
  • ISBN 978-83-62878-89-5

You get a big decal sheet with 1:72, 1:48 and 1:35 markings for no less than 16 German armored fighting vehicles captured by Allied troops and used against their former owners. The decal sheet was printed by Cartograf. Each painting scheme is depicted on a beautifully drawn colour profile and described in the 18-page guidebook with English and Polish text. The authors selected the following vehicles:

  • Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. F of the 1st Ranger Battalion, Tunisia, spring 1943,
  • Sd.Kfz. 222 of No. 2 ACC, North Africa, 1943,
  • Jagdpanzer 38(t) „Chwat”, Warsaw, Poland, August 1944,
  • Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. A of 1er bataillon AS de l’Ain, Méximieux, France, September 1944,
  • 15cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf Selbstfahrlafette Sd.Kfz. 4/1 of 1er G.M.R., Saint-Nazaire area, France, October 1944,
  • Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G of the 145th Regiment RAC, Italy, 1944/1945,
  • Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G of the 4th Battalion Coldstream Guards, the Netherlands, winter 1944/1945,
  • Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H/J of l’Escadron Autonome de Chars Besnier, Saint-Nazaire area, France, February-March 1945,
  • Sd.Kfz. 251/8 Ausf. D of an unidentified U.S. Army unit, Germany, 1945,
  • Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G of the 366th Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment, Hungary, March 1945.
  • Panzerbefehlswagen Panther Ausf. G of l’Escadron Autonome de Chars Besnier, Saint-Nazaire area, France, March-May 1945,
  • Sd.Kfz. 251/7 Ausf. D of the 153rd Field Regiment RA, Guards Armoured Division, Germany, 1945,
  • Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf. D “Řevnice 5”, Prague area, Czech Territory, May 1945,
  • Sd.Kfz. 250 Ausf. A, Prague, Czech Territory, May 1945,
  • Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. G of the 5th Independent Self-Propelled Artillery Squadron, 6th Infantry Division, Poland, May 1945,
  • Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. J of the 5th Independent Self-Propelled Artillery Squadron, 6th Infantry Division, Poland, May 1945.

If you want to do something a bit different with your German armour kit then this is a perfect book decal combo for you.

This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$11.00.

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Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.

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